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Department of Communications/
News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642
lcugini@gso.uri.edu

Rhode Island and Connecticut High School
Students Get Ready to Dive into the
Regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Narragansett, R.I. -- February 19, 2003 -- For the sixth year in a row, the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) is proud to be the host of the Rhode Island and Connecticut regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Dubbed the Quahog Bowl, the tournament will be held at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus on Saturday, March 1.

The teams representing 16 schools in Rhode Island and Connecticut will compete in team challenge, round robin and double elimination rounds, answering questions prepared by top national marine researchers and educators. Students will test their marine science knowledge with questions on biology, chemistry, geology, technology, social sciences, and geography.

Participating schools in 2003 include: Classical HS (Providence, RI), Cranston HS East (Cranston, RI), Cranston HS West (Cranston, RI), Marianapolis Prep School (Thompson, CT), Narragansett HS (Narragansett, RI), North Kingstown HS (North Kingstown, RI), Plainville HS (Plainville, CT), Portsmouth HS (Portsmouth, RI), South Windsor HS (South Windsor, CT), Southington HS (Southington, CT), Tolland HS (Tolland, CT), Warwick Veterans HS (Warwick, RI), Waterford HS (Waterford, CT), West Warwick HS (West Warwick, RI), Woodstock Academy (Woodstock, CT), and Woonsocket HS (Woonsocket, RI).

The top regional teams from across the nation will be invited to the national competition on April 25-27, which will be held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla, California.

Each of the five students on the top two teams in the Quahog Bowl will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship, an oceanographic sampling field trip on the R/V Cap’n Bert, and many other prizes.

Organized by the URI Office of Marine Programs, the 2002 Quahog Bowl is hosted by the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) in collaboration with Mystic Aquarium, a major sponsor.

"The goal of this national initiative is to interest bright high school students in ocean sciences," said Gail Scowcroft, Associate Director of Marine and Environmental Education at URI’s Office of Marine Programs. "We have a critical need in the U.S. for scientists who will be able to solve marine-related problems, and we are pleased that the URI Graduate School of Oceanography is able to provide this service to Rhode Island and Connecticut high school students.

Patterned after the National Science Bowl, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl was created in 1998 by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) to provide a forum for students who excel in math and science to receive national recognition for their diligence and talent while broadening their awareness and understanding of the oceans.

National sponsors of NOSB include the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP); NASA; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the National Science Foundation; the Oceanographer of the Navy; the Office of Naval Research; the Brunswick Public Foundation; IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society; Minerals Management Service; the Sea Education Association; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Geological Survey; Dolphin Quest; Hilton Waikoloa Village; and the Marine Technology Society.

Major regional sponsors include the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and the URI Office of Marine Programs; Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration; CORE; Rhode Island Sea Grant; Pfizer Central Research; Hanna Instruments; NOAA Fisheries-Narragansett Laboratory; Connecticut Sea Grant; URI Friends of Oceanography; the URI President’s Office; the Continental Sloop Providence; the Sea Education Association; and the URI Coastal Institute. More than 50 additional Connecticut and Rhode Island businesses contributed funds, products, or services to the regional NOSB.

For more information about the competition, contact Gail Scowcroft in the URI Office of Marine Programs at (401) 874-6211 or visit the NOSB website at <www.nosb.org>.

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